James Langhorne Tayloe

James Langhorne Tayloe

Birth
Death 8 Mar 1862 (aged 20)
Burial Roanoke, Roanoke City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 18693224 · View Source
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Killed in action aboard the Confederate gunboat "Raleigh" in the battle of Hampton Roads.




James Langhorne Tayloe, born Roanoke, Virginia, 1840 or 1841; son of William Tayloe; attended Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia; entered the United States Naval Academy; graduated 1860; resigned from the United States Navy, June 6, 1861, and entered the Confederate States Navy, July 8, 1861, as acting Midshipman; in command of the CSS Fanny at the battle of Roanoke; promoted Master, September 24, 1861, and Lieutenant, February 10, 1862; killed in action aboard the CSS Raleigh, March 8, 1862, at Hampton Roads, Virginia, while attempting to assist wounded enemy sailors aboard the USS Congress. [Information from web site, James Langhorne Tayloe, at URL: http://www.gencircles.com/users/adgedge/1/data/233; Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia) dated March 12, 1862.] CSS Raleigh, a casemate ironclad, was constructed by the Confederate States Navy at Wilmington, North Carolina in 1863-64, with Lieutenant John Wilkinson, CSN, commanding. She was reported in commission on April 30, 1864 under the command of Lieutenant J. Pembroke Jones, CSN. Built to Constructor John L. Porter's plans, similar to those of CSS North Carolina, she had been laid down and launched at the foot of Church Street, completed at the shipyard of J. L. Cassidey & Sons. On May 6, she emerged from Cape Fear River accompanied by CSS Yadkin and CSS Equator and inconclusively engaged six Federal blockaders, including the USS Britannia and the USS Nansemond, off New Inlet, North Carolina. When the six reappeared the following day, Raleigh hastily withdrew up river, struck Wilmington Bar and "broke her back." Her iron plating was salvaged. In 1994 the wreck was investigated by the North Carolina State Underwater Archaeology Unit with help from students of East Carolina University.


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  • Created by: Laurie
  • Added: 31 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18693224
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Langhorne Tayloe (Oct 1841–8 Mar 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18693224, citing Fair View Cemetery, Roanoke, Roanoke City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Laurie (contributor 2811407) .